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Adverbs and Stuff

Updated on April 24, 2013

For my Friend Who Can't Say (or Spell) Thesaurus

A patronising little verse for my friend, the 'Poet Laureate'

Adverbs and Stuff


Now here’s a lovely little game

I think you will agree

It deals with words like adjectives

And adverbs, don’t you see?


First you choose an adjective

(Describing word to you)

You’d say, “That queue is slow”

Which means “a slowly moving queue”


The adjective in “queue is slow”.

Is ‘slow’. Do you, dear friend, still see?

So describing how it moves

Becomes an adverb… just add "ly".


“What fun!” I hear you cry aloud

“Now I am well equipped”

To make from “his firm manly grip”

“the man had firmly gripped”.


Or yet another one inspired

By Pooh and Piglet wholly:

“In slow and careful Woozle search”

“Searched carefully and slowly”.


“Hurrah! Hurrah!” the cries resound

“At last my theosaurus (sic)

“Is relegated to the rubbish bin

“A clearer explanation was never put before us”.

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    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Theresa, how incredibly kind of you.

      Thank you so much for your visit. I hereby welcome you most profusely and beg you to inspect more of my wares.

    • Theresa_Kennedy profile image

      Theresa Kennedy 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      I've been browsing your musings (LOVE the way you string words together), and found this one to be delightful! I agree with many of the comments before me, that this has the makings of a great (and original) children's book. The Seuss-like cadence made a typically boring topic...fun!

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Brilliant comment. Horatio.

      Captured the rhythm as well as the ethos.

      Thank you, I am still smiling... and will be for quite a while yet.

    • Horatio Plot profile image

      Horatio Plot 

      6 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Oh how you've made my day complete

      But my friend,and here's the rub

      You've turned what was a hub that's neat

      Into a neatly written hub.

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Not my best, Binaya. I have read a few of your poems and was tempted to ask about your mastery of English. Your mastery of the language far outstrips many I know whose mother tongue it is.

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      Binaya.Ghimire 

      7 years ago

      As a non-native English writer I always click when I see a hub on English language. Before I clicked the title I thought it is about grammar, but then I saw a poetry. After reading I found mixture of both. Amusing writing style.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      I admire someone who is able to understand and use lanquage well. I look forward to reading more.

      Thank you,

      Sunnie

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I'm glad you came and you read and you commented. Please come again, and perhaps you will be able to find something a little more worthwhile.

      I love language, and hope I can entertain you by using it well.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      To be honest, I am new to the writing clan on hub pages and could use a few..well many pointers.;) I would definitly take notes and apply what I have learned. It has been many years since English class and I could use the help..Great hub..and I am not kidding..lol

      Sunnie

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Unfortunately, Angie, I was also a teenage boy way back in the Olden Days. I can't remember peeing on the toilet seat (so I most probably did) and I have learned even now that it's more fun to throw my underpants across the room and see if they land in the basket. I usually score a goal. Is it possible that he could look on it as a mini competition with himself. See how many times he gets into the basket (the underpants - not him).

      We used to have servants when I was a little boy in India, and I very easily transferred the job to my poor suffering mother. It seems to be the way with youth.

      My mother got back at me once. I was going out with friends and asked for clean clothes, and she pointed me to a big wood burning copper cauldron in the outhouse near our flat. She told me the washing machine was for her and I could "boil" my clothes there. How embarrassing when friends asked me to go out and found me boiling my stuff in a sweltering outhouse, smoke steam and all the rest of it, on a hot summer's day in Australia.

      That sorted me out ... for a while!

    • AngRose profile image

      AngRose 

      7 years ago

      Does peeing ON the seat, leaving dirty knickers in FRONT of the hamper, and generally scattering his belongings wherever they might land qualify as house trained?? If so, then the answer is a resounding YES!

      And I think you must have a transatlantic effect on him, after you mentioned the butler in your comment above, yesterday out of the blue he yells down the stairs "Mom can we get a butler so I can tell him bring me some water Simmons?" Don't ask me where he got the name from, he just liked the way it sounded. So I'm thinking perhaps you should make some more suggestions, things along the lines of "pick up your room, be nice to your mother, take out the trash"...see how it works! LOL

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      OK, I'll accept him, on one condition: Is he house trained?

    • AngRose profile image

      AngRose 

      7 years ago

      Sigh...I'm crushed my friend...that you would take my offer of a gift and so callously throw it back at me.

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Nice try, Angie. I'm sure the gift in question would be very useful, but this "lend/lease" idea doesn't work. I can see me returning the particular "gift" to its original home, and all the lights would be out and no-one would answer the door, or there would be sounds of celebration from within, and the butler wouldn't open the door to accept the "goods unwanted/ return to sender".

      Don't give me that, "Look at him. He's so cute. I promise he'll be no trouble".

      I've been a teacher in the past, and although I only taught Primary School Children, I have seen teenagers lurking in the streets, and they are a dangerous breed.

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      AngRose 

      7 years ago

      I'm wondering kind Sir if perhaps teenagers would work nicely for your illustration purposes? I know of some parents that would be happy to 'er "lend" you one or two if you are so inclined. Just remember, it is not polite to return "gifts" to the giver!

      Adorable verse by the way. :)

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Words from you, Sir, of that calibre, and I bow my head in grateful (or greatful, as my chum would write) thanks. I live in a land where the parts of speech are neither used well nor understood. And not even the excuse of it being a foreign language imposed upon us. Thanks for the visit... you are always most welcome.

      I'll reserve a casting couch especially for your use.

    • Shadesbreath profile image

      Shadesbreath 

      7 years ago from California

      Screw making a children's book out of it, make into an adult one. I know more adults that don't know this stuff than I do kids who don't. Instead of critters like kittens and bunnies for illustrations, use sex kittens and PLayboy bunnies and go to work making the world more literate. :D

      (Fun read, btw.)

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thanks for your company, Debbie. And thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my scribbling.

    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Only the dinosaurus within us could have neatly written thus. ?

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Working through them Five, with enjoyment. Thanks for dropping in.

    • Five One Cows profile image

      Five One Cows 

      8 years ago from Moo Town

      Good informative hub. Also I thought you might want to know that you will find all kinds of new words in the latest edition of the Stinky collection.

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      And thank you, Mark, for taking the time to read it AND to leave that nice comment.

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Have a look around in the school bus, Candie; I'm sure there must be some cute little kids sitting there that we could use. There are hundred... maybe thousands of kids in the world we could "borrow" and use for our promotional plans. Then we could sell them on if anybody wanted them. I'm sure their parents wouldn't miss them. I certainly wouldn't.

      Great to see you here... thanks for your support.

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      Candie V 

      8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I agree with Christoph! And if you put in some cute cuddly critters holding signs with these words you'll have a huge hit!!!

    • Twilight Lawns profile imageAUTHOR

      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      But with illustrations? How do you illustrate a past participle? Or an abstract noun? Regardless, Christoph, thank you for dropping by. I am honoured that you have darkened my portals.

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      Christoph Reilly 

      8 years ago from St. Louis

      Delightful! I can see a whole children's book about learning parts of speech!

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